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Waling stick v. cane

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Yesterday, I found in the basement refuse area of my apartment building a lovely parrot headed stick. I would normally have thought of it as a walking stick (very tapered, very interesting alternating bands of different colored woods, the avian head, etc.), but it had a heavy cane-like rubber tip. This got me to wondering what the actual difference is between a walking stick and a cane. Is is just the tip? On a side note, are there any circumstances left in this day and age where a walking stick would not just be too much of an affectation?
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A cane is for people that actually need help walking... A walking stick is an affectation. Bradford
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I have always thought that canes had a crooked handle up top, whereas walking sticks had some sort of bulb or decoration. Yet, if it's got a rubber stopper at the bottom, it's clearly a cane. Walking sticks generally have a hard metal tip, to make a nice, loud "click" as the stick strikes concrete, or marble, or whatever. I agree with Bradford on the rest.
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W waling stick would be something my father used on me when I was a naughty boy, a cane on the other hand would definitely be a shaped stick with a curved handle IWT. check this site Canes and Sticks
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According to Oscar Lenius (p. 157) a walking stick is any implement to aid walking whereas a cane is one made of bamboo. B
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Just for giggles, this fellow handmakes some of the nicer walking sticks I've seen. Even has a parrot headed one. I wish they weren't such an affectation, I'd get one. www.borispalatnik.com
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Just for giggles, this fellow handmakes some of the nicer walking sticks I've seen.  Even has a parrot headed one.   I wish they weren't such an affectation, I'd get one. www.borispalatnik.com
You could always just be really affected and get yourself a sword cane - just don't try and take it on an airplane Bradford
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A cane is for people that actually need help walking... A walking stick is an affectation.
I always thought a walking stick was designed to beat any dogs that might attack you while you are taking your afternoon stroll.
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(Cliff @ Mar. 28 2005,09:44) Just for giggles, this fellow handmakes some of the nicer walking sticks I've seen.  Even has a parrot headed one.   I wish they weren't such an affectation, I'd get one. www.borispalatnik.com
You could always just be really affected and get yourself a sword cane - just don't try and take it on an airplane   Bradford
I tried to buy one at Smith in London. They thought I was a freak, which might've been true that day. I walked in with a couple of friends, one of them a skinhead artist that lives in London.
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